Misericordia University students in the Government, Law and National Security Club recently sent a care package to a school in Tonga under the direction of a program alumnus from Dupont who joined the Peace Corps shortly after graduating in 2017.
Misericordia students collected pencils, crayons, educational flash cards, children’s books, folders, backpacks, pencil sharpeners and more, and then mailed the collection of school items to John Eisenhauer, formerly of Dupont, who is teaching grades two through six at the Government Primary School Fotua on the island of Foa, which is in the Ha’apai Island group in the southern Pacific Ocean.
“On behalf of my students, fellow teachers and myself, we are deeply grateful for this donation,’’ Eisenhauer said in an email exchanged with Misericordia University junior history and government, law and national security student Sarah Sporko, president of the club. “I understand how much hard work you and the rest of the club members put into this project. Sending packages from the U.S. to Tonga is no easy task. I appreciate your dedication to getting these supplies to us.’’
The son of Bill and Angela Emmert, of Nanticoke, and Michael and Jessica Eisenhauer, of Dupont, Eisenhauer teaches about 100 of the 110 students enrolled in the school that includes first through sixth grades. He is one of almost 7,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving worldwide, according to the governmental organization founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.
He began his 27-month tour abroad in August 2017 and expects to conclude his service in the fall.
Alexia Smith, of West Wyoming, was among the club members who assisted in making the care packages.